Someone asked me a few days ago how the garden was coming along and I answered by saying that the things that were doing well were doing really well and the things that were not - well, I probably just needed to start over and re-plant.
I was such a proud brocolli and cauliflower mommy, those being the things that were on the Doing Really Well list. This morning I went to take a quick look at the beds and I saw a few tiny worms in the cauliflower. No panic. I just plucked them out of there and made them one with the earth. Smush babies. Then I checked the brocolli. I flipped the leaf over and to my horror:
I don't know what to do because I don't know what they are. Sure, it's easy to feel like a winner when everything is going hunky dory but the minute I'm faced with an infestation I throw my hands up in the air and howl. They're brocolli bugs, whatever those are. They are feasting on the brocolli and testing the cauliflower. I don't know how to get rid of them.
It may be time to break out the BT but that isn't a quick solution. This is just the sort of thing that makes me want to go chemical. It would be so easy. I could spray my nearly non-existent spinach seedlings while I'm at it because something has eaten them down to the nub. And the bok choy and the tatsoi. And pretty much all of the lettuce. What I have in spades (at the moment) are garlic sprouts. Yay for garlic! It came up much faster than I expected and looks sturdy and strong.
The potato vines are hosting a party for their shaggy little friends which aren't shy about pulling right up to the buffet table:
Not everything is being eaten. The poor little cotton plants that I'm too lazy to stick in the ground continue to flower in their pots. They are probably root bound but they're survivors and I love their creamy butter color blossoms:
I'm just glad that we can part on a positive note. I'll let you know what I've found out about the brocolli pests. As for the potatoes, the easiest solution may just be to pull them up. It's been about 6 months since they've been underground. My weekend is starting to look busy.